HEM is a wonderful basic hotel and well worth the money. I highly recommend it.
To put my stay in context:
- I paid
- Average of 40 Euros per night (including taxes)
- Average of 7 Euros per night for Internet access (24 hours)
- All comments below should be interpreted within the context above
- Staff were very friendly
- Guests were mostly young, but very quiet
- Facilities were basic and worked well. You *will* get your money's worth!!!
I liked the following:
- The internet connection was OUTSTANDING!
- Skype actually worked flawlessly!
- I was able to download files at a constant rate of 200-300 kb/s
- Toilet facilities were very good
- Shower worked well, and had good pressure
- There was plenty of room for me, and it would have been easy to fit another person.
- Bed was very comfortable
- Temperature was easy to regulate
- TV had English channels
- The front desk gave me an iron (20 Euro deposit to ensure I return it), but the iron did not work. They did not have a replacement. On the third night, they gave me a brand new iron (I took it out of the box). It was great... but I wish I had it earlier.
- There was no ironing board
- The internet connection didn't work on the last night (although I didn't confirm with the front desk). I didn't complain because the Internet connection was soooo good on the previous nights. Kudos to HEM!
- Hotel is only a 10 minute walk from the #50 metro. I used this every day. Public transportation is very good in Amsterdam, and there were plenty of ways to get to the hotel.
- The area is very safe
- This hotel has two distinct parts. I stayed in the newer (and more expensive) section (Note I only paid 40 Euros for my room). The older part is operated as a youth hostel. It is cheaper, but watch out. Those who complain about HEM must have stayed in the youth hostel, paid the lower price, and expected the higher service. I really recommend the "regular" hotel - where I stayed.
- Breakfast is very expensive (15 Euros), so I never used it. However, remember this is a part of the hotel's operating model. So work accordingly. There is a grocery store within about 100 meters.
- The hotel is right next to a very busy motorway (A10). My room actually faced the motorway. HOWEVER, the motorway has a sound barrier, and even with my window open, noise from the cars was very low. It worked out well for me, and I would easily take the same room again.
- The hotel has good transportation, but it is somewhat far from the city center. Nevertheless, it is convenient. Here are my "transportation" times:
- 10-minute walk to the Henk Sneevlietweg metro station. Some busses stop closer, but I just walked.
- From Henk Sneevlietweg metro station, it takes about 20 minutes to get to Schiphol airport, or 15 minutes to Amsterdam Centraal.
- I read the reviews on Trip Advisor and was somewhat worried, but all my doubts were quickly put to rest!
- Most guests were tourists aged 18-35 years old. My stay was very quiet. Possibly others could have problems. I stayed for business, but I would happily stay as a tourist.
Congratulations HEM hotel! I made the right choice, and would gladly stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- West Side Inn Amsterdam is perfectly situated in the South West part of Amsterdam, next to the main highway the A10. Schiphol Airport, World Fashion Centre, World Trade Centre and RAI Congress Hall are only 15 minutes away. West Side Inn Amsterdam can easily be reached by public transportation or by car, which you can park in our own parking lot. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Amsterdam Hem Hotel
- Hem Hotel Amsterdam